Buffer wins injunction

Distinctive fight announcer gets legal protection for 'let's get ready to rumble' catch-phrase

Fight announcer Michael Buffer, whose catch-phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble” has become a familiar battle cry used by radio and TV sports broadcasters, has obtained a restraining order against several record labels that have been using Buffer’s voice without permission.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Paez on Tuesday granted Buffer’s application for a preliminary injunction against independent labels Aureus Records, Warlock Records and Clubhouse Records. The injunction prohibits the labels from further using Buffer’s protected service mark and distinctive opening. The granting of the application and the issuance of a temporary restraining order is the first step to obtaining an injunction.

The TRO follows a federal court lawsuit filed earlier this month by Buffer against the labels. Buffer claimed the repeated use of the phrase in an album by the Craziewhite Peckawoods and Buffer’s voice infringed on his service mark.

Paez agreed and issued a temporary restraining order preventing the manufacture and distribution of the CDs sporting Buffer’s refrain.

The judge said the defendants engaged in “outright copying” and also ordered a recall of the CDs pending the issuance of a preliminary injunction.

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